Assistant manager Ned Kelly is relishing a local clash this weekend, with the Iron preparing to take on Barnsley on Saturday.To round off the month where Scunthorpe haven’t kicked a ball at Glanford Park, the team will travel to Oakwell to face a Barnsley side currently in a mid-table position in the league.
“Well they’re a good team,” he told The Iron Player.
“Danny is a very experienced manager. He’s a good manager and has a very good record and they’ve got some very good players.
“That being said, that’s just the same as everybody else in the league. We will treat them with their due respect, but we will have our own game plan and we will go with plenty of confidence from the last few results that we’ve had."
In taking on Barnsley, manager Mark Robins returns to one of his former clubs, something which the assistant acknowledged – although he indicated it will be treated just like any other game in SkyBet League One.
“Of course he’s looking forward to that,” said Kelly.
“But no more or no less than any other game that we’ve played so far. We’ll prepare purely and simply for how they play and how they set up and use what strengths we have got to cause them problems."
He added: “It’ll be our job as normal."
Another body taking on his former club will be Sam Winnall, who the Iron come up against after his departure in the summer.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers trainee has scored five league goals in seventeen appearances thus far, with a further three goals in an FA Cup demolition of Burton and one goal in a 2-2 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Oldham.
In that respect, he comes into the game in form, with six goals in his last five games and eight in his last nine.
“He’s just another player that we know about,” stated Kelly.
“They’ve got good quality in the squad. Danny has put a very good squad together, not just Sam, but other players as well. We will be respectful of everybody in their squad.”
He added: “As far as Sam goes, there will be no special treatment.”
See much more from Ned Kelly on The Iron Player ahead of the game.